“Ha Long Bay on land.”
Ninh Binh is filled with steep karst mountains soaring amidst tranquil rice paddies, meandering rivers, and dotted with temples and ancient settlements.
The best way to explore the area is on a scenic boat ride that passes through the mountainscape or by following the riverside path by bicycle.
On my bicycle tour through Ninh Binh's amazing coutryside landscapes, in Ninh Binh, Vietnam, on September 2015
Tour boats making their way down the scenic river at Tam Coc, in Ninh Binh, Vietnam, on September 2015
Dinh Thien Hoang Temple surrounded by limestone mountains, in Ninh Binh, Vietnam, on September 2015
Facade of Phat Diem Cathedral, located on the outskirts of Ninh Binh City, in Vietnam, on September 2015.
Dinh Tien Hoang Temple at Hua Lu Ancient Citadel, in Hua Lu Ancient Citadel, Ninh Binh, Vietnam, on September 2015
Overlooking the massive limestone mountains and winding river at Tam Coc, in Ninh Binh, Vietnam
Local on a boat filled with gathered firewood, at dusk, at Trang An riverside, Ninh Binh, Vietnam
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